FireSmart Canada

FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program

Citizen involvement is the cornerstone of the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program (FireSmart Communities Program).

If you live in a region susceptible to wildfires, you and your neighbours will learn how to decrease the risk of losing your homes and how to best protect yourselves in the event of wildfire.

FireSmart homes and neighbourhoods allow fire fighters to concentrate on fighting the wildfire – which ultimately saves more homes and lives.
Communities whose residents take steps to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of surviving a wildfire without the intervention of the fire department.

The Program draws on a community’s spirit and its willingness to take responsibility for reducing wildfire risks.

The Program utilizes the following template:

  • A Local FireSmart Representative from a provincial, territorial, or local agency will provide wildfire hazard reduction information designed for your community.
  • With the assistance of the Local FireSmart Representative, you and your neighbours form a cooperating network to assess the wildfire hazards around you.
  • You and your neighbours identify and implement local solutions.

I am committed to remove all long grass, shrubs, logs, branches, twigs and needles within 10 metres of my home.

— Alvin acorn, Community Member, Yellowhead county , Alberta